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Facebook to lift ban on Australia’s news after standoff as Canberra agrees to amend law forcing Big Tech to pay media

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg said Facebook had promised “to restore Australian news pages in the coming days” in a statement on Tuesday, noting the Scott Morrison administration would soon introduce “further amendments” to the media bargaining code. “These amendments will provide further clarity to digital platforms and news media businesses about …

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Facebook scrubs Myanmar military page for ‘incitement of violence’ after security forces kill 2 anti-coup protesters

The social media platform announced on Sunday that it had taken action against the military force’s Tatmadaw True News Information Team Page for repeatedly violating Facebook’s guidelines prohibiting “incitement of violence and coordinating harm.” Known as the Tatmadaw, the Myanmar military has been accused of brutally suppressing opposition to a …

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Chuck some borscht on the barbie? Amid Australian news row, Facebook ‘accidentally’ clamps down on RUSSIAN CULTURE SITE

As of Wednesday, Australian Facebook users found themselves unable to share links to local and international news sites, a change that Facebook implemented as retaliation against the Australian government for legislation that would require Facebook and other companies to pay news creators for their content. Globally, all users are forbidden …

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Australia is right to fight Facebook’s media influence, but it’s doing it for the wrong reasons – and not hard enough

As part of a long-running dispute over proposals to make “Big Tech” companies pay for news content hosted on their platforms, Facebook has blocked all access to news-related content in Australia. Described as “arrogant and disappointing” by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the standoff – which had also involved similar threats from …

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‘Not compatible’ with democracy or the only way to keep the internet free? Facebook sparks debate after ‘unfriending’ Australia

The Silicon Valley behemoth announced on Wednesday that Facebook users and publishers in Australia will not be allowed to share and view news from local and international outlets. The controversial move comes as Canberra pushes forward with proposed legislation that would require Facebook and other companies to pay news creators …

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